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For Tracey Stewart, Life After The 'Daily Show' Is All About The Animals

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:55pm

When they ran out of room for rescue animals in their home, Tracey Stewart and her husband, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, bought a farm. Tracey Stewart's new book is Do Unto Animals.

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'White Road' Maps The History Of Porcelain

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 9:03am

While readers may not share Edmund de Waal's obsession with the precious clay (at one point, he crafts an exhibition of 2,455 white-glazed porcelain vessels), his writing makes the subject seductive.

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Making Sense Of A Scandal-Fractured Family In 'Houses'

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 6:03am

Karen Olsson's novel follows a woman who returns home to care for her ailing father, but also in the hopes that she can get him to open up about how the Iran-Contra scandal ended his career.

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earbud.fm: Your Friendly Guide To Great Podcasts

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:03am

We just made discovering new podcasts a whole lot easier. Here are 200+ episodes, hand-picked by listeners like you (and Matthew McConaughey).

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John Irving Always Knows Where He's Going

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:46am

Irving's latest novel is Avenue of Mysteries. He tells NPR's Lynn Neary that he thinks about each book for a long time — and he doesn't start writing until he knows what the ending will be.

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In 'The Diplomat,' Filmmaker David Holbrooke Recalls Late Father's Career

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 4:32pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with filmmaker David Holbrooke about his new documentary, The Diplomat, exploring the life of his late father, the renowned diplomat Richard Holbrooke.

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In Disappointing Month For Studios, October Chock Full Of Box Office Flops

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 3:33pm

October was grim for movie studios. NPR reports on four weeks of flops.

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Actress Illeana Douglas Recounts A Life 'Lived In And Out Of The Movies'

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:34pm

The actress, who appeared in Six Feet Under and Cape Fear, discusses growing up on a commune, working with (and dating) Scorsese and her various acting gigs. Douglas' memoir is I Blame Dennis Hopper.

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'My Father's Guitar' Plays On Perception And Memory

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 6:03am

Joseph Skibell's new collection of personal essays is full of offbeat life lessons, moving from whimsy to weight. And, as he puts it, though the stories are true, they're full of "imaginary things."

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Writing 'Career Of Evil' Gave Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) Nightmares

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 4:03am

Rowling studied real criminal case studies to write the latest in the Cormoran Strike mystery series — "It was horrible," she says. But writing under a pseudonym remains "a very private pleasure."

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J.K. Rowling Explores The Perils Of Fame In 'Career Of Evil'

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 3:51am

J.K. Rowling has just published her third mystery as Robert Galbraith. This time, detective Cormoran Strike and his beautiful assistant are battling a serial killer — and their own dark pasts.

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Annaleigh Ashford Barks Up The Right Tree On Broadway

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 7:53am

The Masters of Sex actress is no stranger to Broadway; in fact, she's already won a Tony. Now she's in her first starring role, in Sylvia — and prepping by watching her pet, because she plays a dog.

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Southern California Finally Sees Rain — In A Museum

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 6:58am

It's come to this. If you want to see rain in Los Angeles, you have to go to a museum. Today, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens the exhibition, Rain Room, where water is not just life, it's art.

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'The Familiar Vol. 2' Is Better, Stronger ... Weirder

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 6:03am

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic saga (this is part two of a projected 27) is, on the surface, the story of a girl and her cat. But the typographical trickery and sheer weirdness make it much, much more.

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The Madonna Of 115th Street Gets A Long-Awaited Makeover

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 5:18am

The Blessed Mother at New York City's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church has presided over her flock since 1884, and she's just gotten a makeover, complete with a designer gown of gold-embroidered satin.

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The Madonna Of 115th Street Gets A Long-Awaited Makeover

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 5:18am

The Blessed Mother at New York City's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church has presided over her flock since 1884, and she's just gotten a makeover, complete with a designer gown of gold-embroidered satin.

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Why Latinos Heart Horror Films

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 4:37pm

Latino audiences can make or break horror films in the box office, but right now their presence behind the camera might be even more significant.

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At This Sandwich Shop, A Vietnamese Pop Star Serves Up Banh Mi

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 4:37pm

Lynda Trang Dai, known as the "Vietnamese Madonna," performs around the world. Back home in California, she's got a different starring role: she's the only one to whip up her sandwiches' secret sauce.

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Not My Job: CNN's Jake Tapper Answers Three Questions About Iowa

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 8:37am

The game is called "You know, we still exist in non-election years, too." Three questions about Iowa, where every four years the political press descends like a plague of locusts in sport coats.

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An Election's High Stakes: Sandra Bullock On 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 7:00am

The Oscar-winner's new movie is set during an intense presidential race ... in Bolivia. She tells NPR's Scott Simon about her role as a legendary political strategist in Our Brand Is Crisis.

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